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Bäck on threats, emotions, and affective polarization

Does a perceived threat increase affective polarization? And what is the role of emotional reactions to threat in increasing hostility and bias toward other parties’ supporters?

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Professor Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Hanna Bäck has together with Emma Renström and Royce Carroll analyzed these questions in two experimental studies performed in Sweden and Germany. They show that people who react with anger to a perceived threat to the ingroup become more polarized.

You can read about their results in the article “Threats, Emotions, and Affective Polarization”, which was recently published in the journal Political Psychology.

Learn more on Wiley’s Online Library’s website:

Threats, Emotions, and Affective Polarization - Renström - Political Psychology - Wiley Online Library

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